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1. Sedgwick to Occupy Thomas & Betts HQ, TNB Shopping Memphis for New Home -

New details are continuing to emerge after Sedgwick Claims Management Services' blockbuster announcement Monday to consolidate and expand its corporate headquarters.

Sedgwick will apply for a 15-year Expansion PILOT that will enable the company to retain 865 jobs, create 130 new jobs, and invest $33 million into their new facility, according to papers filed with the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County.

2. Turner’s Midtown Expansion Continues With $4.9M Permit -

Turner Holdings LLC’s multimillion-dollar plans to upgrade its Midtown location took another step toward completion as the company filed for a $4.94 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

3. Sedgwick Announces $34M Expansion, Will Create 150 New Jobs -

Sedgwick Claims Management has announced plans to expand its corporate headquarters in Memphis, which will result in the creation of 150 local jobs.

The expansion will consolidate Sedgwick’s headquarters into a single campus in Shelby County and locate research and development functions to that site, according to Ted Townsend, chief operating officer for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

4. Last Word: Wessman Trouble, Selling 495 Union and An Underground Film Icon -

When Wessman Development came to town last year with the idea of a boutique hotel, the Palm Springs, California company was part of the flood of smaller hotel projects Memphis was seeing and is still seeing. Then the company added another hotel and just this month the redevelopment of a building on Madison west of Second Street as apartments with retail on the ground floor. In a very short period of time, Wessman has had a lot of plans for Memphis.

5. NuVasive Receives 11-Year PILOT, Will Invest $116 Million -

Medical device company NuVasive Inc. has been approved for an 11-year tax incentive that will allow them to invest $116 million into their southeast Memphis facility and create 15 net new jobs.

6. Criswell Take Reins As MAAR Board President -

Tommie Criswell has begun her yearlong tenure as president of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors’ board of directors. Criswell has actively volunteered with MAAR for more than 20 years. At Crye-Leike East Memphis, where she serves as broker/manager, she focuses on residential real estate along with some commercial real estate sales. 

7. Sara Kyle, Clemmons Push Alternative Fuel-Tax Bill -

NASHVILLE – State Sen. Sara Kyle of Memphis and Nashville Rep. John Ray Clemmons are pushing a plan to raise fuel taxes for transportation funding, similarly to Gov. Bill Haslam’s, but also to give local governments more options for bringing in their own money for mass transit.

8. View From the Hill: Legislators Feel Free to Work Against Haslam -

Democrats appear delighted about division within Republican ranks concerning Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed fuel-tax increase, detecting a possible chink in the armor.

“How many times does the supermajority have to stab the governor in the back and undermine his core proposals before the people of the state of Tennessee wonder whether they need a different group up here?” asks Mike Stewart, House Minority Caucus chairman.

9. Hopson Says Violence Shows 'Desperation and a Lack of Hope' -

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants the school system to find a way to combat violence outside the borders of school campuses as well as within.

Hopson expressed concern Tuesday, Jan. 31, about violent crime in the city after a spike in January in which there were five homicides in one weekend across the city. Two of the five people who died were each 15-years old and both Shelby County Schools students.

10. Through Banking and More, Williams Invests in Memphis -

Duncan Williams runs his investment bank the way others might run a family. “We do things differently around here,” he concedes. “When I walk out on the floor, nobody calls me ‘Mr. Williams.’ Mostly it’s, ‘What’s up, D.?’”

11. Restaurateur Couple Make Downtown Feel Like Home -

More than streets and buildings, neighborhoods are made of the people who live and work in them. Just ask Deni and Patrick Reilly. Over the last 10 years, as co-owners of the Majestic Grille, they’ve left their mark on Downtown Memphis.

12. Memphis Economists: Trump Tweets Turn the Page on GOP Playbook -

It’s long been a cornerstone of Republican political orthodoxy that government should “get out of the way” of businesses, and that the fewer mandates and regulations, well, the better.

13. Rhodes College’s Presidential Transition Reflects Larger Changes in Education -

Rhodes College president Bill Troutt kept it simple last month when he introduced Marjorie Hass as the next president of the liberal arts college.

“You have chosen well,” he told the school’s board of trustees.

14. FedEx Ups Memphis Open Partnership for St. Jude -

FedEx Corp. has expanded its commitment to the GF Sports family of events, increasing sponsorship for the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster with the “Advantage St. Jude delivered by FedEx” ball kid program.

15. FedEx Ups Partnership With Memphis Open for St. Jude -

FedEx Corp. has expanded its commitment to the GF Sports family of events, increasing sponsorship for the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster with the “Advantage St. Jude delivered by FedEx” ball kid program.

16. Memphis Health Care Thrives With Investments, Growth -

Methodist Healthcare made a “great commitment” to Memphis this year. Those are the words of Methodist University Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, who referenced the health care system’s multimillion-dollar investment into its flagship hospital at 1265 Union Ave., part of a master plan that will give the facility a modern overhaul.

17. Tuning Up Your Finances for 2017 -

As a longtime financial professional, I can vouch for the power of the looming New Year – more people begin showing interest in getting their finances in order during this time than any other. I’ve always found that the best way to ensure a great financial future is by mapping out your goals and avoiding common financial pitfalls. I’ll outline some of my most tried and true tips here.

18. Jernigan Capital to Invest $12.6M in Florida Facilities -

Jernigan Capital Inc. is investing $12.6 million in two storage facilities in Florida, the Memphis-based real estate investment trust has announced.

19. Jernigan Capital to Invest $12.6M in Florida Facilities -

Jernigan Capital Inc. is investing $12.6 million in two storage facilities in Florida, the Memphis-based real estate investment trust has announced.

20. City’s Bicentennial in 2019 Prompts Memphis 3.0 Plan to Map Future -

The city of Memphis turns 200 years old in 2019. And the city’s bicentennial is the target date for the roll out of a comprehensive city plan the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is calling Memphis 3.0.

21. Ten-X: Memphis 3rd Best Market for Industrial Investors -

The strength of the Memphis MSA industrial market has made it the third best market in the U.S. for investment buyers, according to a new report from online real estate transaction firm Ten-X LLC.

22. Expanding Care -

With the arrival of the holiday shopping season, dozens of major retailers – brands from Best Buy to Williams-Sonoma to Brooks Brothers and New York & Co. – as well as the consumers who patronize them will also be turning their attention to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

23. Real Estate Awakening -

The year’s biggest office deal didn’t affect Memphis’ office absorption at all, but everyone in real estate has felt its reverberations.

When ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced its move to the shuttered Peabody Place Mall from Ridge Lake office park, it promised new life for a 328,000-square-foot black hole in Downtown’s retail market.

24. Mud Island Proposals to Reset If Tourism Funding Approved -

Even if the city of Memphis gets state approval to use Downtown tourism development zone (TDZ) funds for Mud Island, Andy Cates says his outdoors company will not be part of any redevelopment plans for the river park.

25. Last Word: Memphis-Temple, Southwest's Remake and Death Penalty Arguments -

Memphis 34 –Temple 27 Thursday evening at the Liberty Bowl and on ESPN. Whatever happened during halftime, the Tigers were a very different team from the first half when they emerged.

26. Inferno Links Its Success, Growth To Community-Centric Mindset -

Before there were interns, companywide philanthropic endeavors or national clients, the founders of Memphis-based inferno made a key decision about their company’s name.

"We made a decision early on that we weren't going to use our names," said Michael Overton, one of the founding partners of the advertising, public relations and marketing firm.

27. U of M Gets Economic Boost, W.M. Barr PILOT Approved -

The University of Memphis will get a development incentive boost around its campus, a longstanding Memphis-based manufacturer has been granted tax incentives to expand on Presidents Island and a gift-wrap company has received an amendment to its tax incentive that will allow it to add staff.

28. Eden Square Debuts School, Arts Center -

Derwin Sisnett remembered a Christmas from his childhood this weekend. He wanted a Nintendo gaming system and remembers he and his brother searching their home while their parents where elsewhere.

On Christmas Day they discovered their parents had hidden the most cherished present in plain sight.

29. Foundation to Evaluate After-School Programs -

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is putting up $300,000 to measure the results of five local nonprofits offering after-school and summer education programs for children.

The first-year funding of a multiyear “Beyond The Classroom” effort announced Tuesday, Sept. 13, is an indication that education reform efforts locally continue to move into what happens outside the classroom.

30. Kroger Set to Open First Memphis-Area Marketplace -

Kroger is set to open its first Marketplace store in Mississippi and the Memphis metro area.

The current Kroger store in Hernando will be replaced by the new Marketplace design, which will feature expanded grocery areas, home fashion and design, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes, Baby World and the city’s first Starbucks.

31. Kroger Set to Open First Memphis-Area Marketplace -

Kroger is set to open its first Marketplace store in Mississippi and the Memphis metro area.

The current Kroger store in Hernando will be replaced by the new Marketplace design, which will feature expanded grocery areas, home fashion and design, bed and bath, kitchen and small appliances, apparel and shoes, Baby World and the city’s first Starbucks.

32. Seasoned Chef Raymond Jackson Returns Home at the Madison Hotel -

Raymond Jackson pays attention to how guests in his restaurant’s dining room react, picking up on bits of conversation and even things an ordinary person might miss.

33. Preparing to Start a Business Creates Opportunity, Fear -

Meka Egwuekwe had a nice career going as a software developer when he co-founded CodeCrew. But he had to do it.

“It was both scary and not scary at the same time,” said Egwuekwe, who is also executive director at CodeCrew. “It was scary because I was walking away from a 19-year career as a software developer, where I could have easily continued successfully and comfortably for many more years.

34. Uptown Vision -

Brand new sidewalks, streetlights and paved roads set the stage for Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in North Memphis, where nearly 1,500 volunteers have descended this week to build a subdivision from scratch.

35. Shelby County Foreclosures Remain at Historic Lows -

Over the last several years foreclosure activity in Memphis and Shelby County has reached historic lows. Year to date, foreclosures are down 23 percent from the same period of 2015.

The number of homes in foreclosure inventory, properties that have been foreclosed but not yet resold by the bank, has fallen drastically. At the end of 2008, there were 3,925 homes in foreclosure inventory; at the end of July, there were 2,070, a decrease of 47 percent.

36. Jernigan Raises Outlook for Earnings -

For Jernigan Capital, the newest Memphis-based public company that provides capital to self-storage entrepreneurs, the period between April and June saw the company achieve a handful of firsts.

Among the results for the second quarter, the company grew its net income to $5.4 million, up significantly from $1.1 million in the first quarter and reversing a Q2 2015 loss of $558,000. The second quarter was also the first time since the company’s April 2015 initial public offering that total income surpassed overhead costs.

37. ‘Why Don’t We Start Our Own?’ -

The diner-style restaurant planned for 2657 Broad Ave. is a bit unique as far as commercial real estate projects go.

Yes, it’s of a piece with the rest of the groundswell of redevelopment and commercial activity that’s transformed Broad into a people-packed arts, retail and restaurant scene. One of those hotspots along the street is the combination coffee shop and retailer City & State, the owners of which have signed a lease at 2657 Broad for their next venture.

38. Dean: Cities Need Transit Solutions for Growth -

During a busy day in Memphis last week, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean stopped at City Hall to talk with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland about a long-range city plan Strickland announced the following day.

39. Women-Led Angel Investment Network Launches -

The husband-and-wife team behind the Broad Avenue retailer City & State – Lisa and Luis Toro – are preparing to open another business in the neighborhood, a diner-style restaurant at 2657 Broad.

40. Time Running Out to Save Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home From Demolition -

A local business owner has stepped up with $15,000 to save Aretha Franklin's birth home, but the effort may be too little too late.

The dilapidated house at 406 Lucy Ave. is headed for demolition unless a realistic and fully-funded plan emerges within the week, said Steve Barlow, an attorney with blight-fighting law firm Brewer & Barlow PLC.

41. Fairgrounds Revitalization Efforts Start Slow and Anew -

The Fairgrounds and the Mid-South Coliseum aren’t a priority of the new administration at City Hall.

And that’s fine with groups trying to chart a future for both.

“The building is in good shape. It’s not in a condition that can’t be mothballed for awhile,” said Chooch Pickard of the Coliseum Coalition. “We can take our time in planning for the Coliseum and the Fairgrounds and do it right. There’s no need to rush. We can take our time, find out what everyone really wants to do with it and raise the money.”

42. UrbanArt Plans Move to Crosstown Neighborhood -

The planned relocation next year of the UrbanArt Commission from Poplar and Highland to a storefront across from Crosstown Concourse is one of the bigger items on a lengthy and growing to-do list for the arts-focused nonprofit.

43. Collierville FedEx Center Getting $12.7 Million Renovation -

3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road
Collierville, TN 38125
Permit Amount: $12.7 million

Owner: FedEx Corp.
Tenant: FedEx Corp.
Contractor: Grinder & Haizlip Construction
Details: Contractor Grinder & Haizlip Construction has filed a $12.7 million building permit for renovations at the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville.
In January, the Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen ratified a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive package for the FedEx center at 3860 S. Forest Hill-Irene Road.
A term of the PILOT agreement is that FedEx has to invest $40 million in real property and personal property upgrades.
The FedEx World Technology Center has been an economic driver for the city since its 16-acre campus opened in 1998. Currently, the tech hub is the largest employer in Collierville, with 2,500 total workers and a capacity for 3,200.

44. New Big Brothers Big Sisters Leader Has Big Goals for Little Memphians -

Early in her life, Rychetta Watkins learned there is more than one way to help people. Next week, she will start work as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South Inc.

45. Lehman-Roberts Investing in Memphis Roads, Community -

Lehman-Roberts Co. president Patrick Nelson is right when he says, “What we do is not terribly fancy or glamorous.”

46. City, State Incentives Lining Up For ServiceMaster's Move Downtown -

ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. will be getting a lot of help with its headquarters move into the vacant Peabody Place mall.

Documents obtained by The Daily News show that mall landlord Belz Enterprises will contribute $12 million to improvements to the facility while ServiceMaster will invest $14.8 million in converting the 340,000-square-foot retail center into corporate offices with open working and research spaces.

47. Pizza Chain Cooks Up Growth in Memphis -

Papa Murphy’s has cooked up some ambitious growth plans in Memphis to accompany the pizza pies the Vancouver, Wash.-based chain is known for.

Because of the success of the chain’s eight current stores in the Memphis area, Papa Murphy’s chief development officer and senior vice president of technology Jayson Tipp says the company wants to ramp that up to at least 25.

48. First-Quarter Results Show Fred’s on Rebound -

Especially for a company like Memphis-based discount retailer Fred’s Inc., quarterly earnings results are about more than the numbers.

Fred’s – which grew total sales 8 percent during the quarter ended April 30 over the same period last year and earned $1.3 million in net income – is in the midst of a broad strategic and operational realignment. On the heels of new additions to management last year, plus new strategic imperatives and a big acquisition, changes the company is pushing this year include positioning itself as more of a health care company.

49. Analysis: Competition Intensifying, But FedEx Still Protected for Now -

The package shipment startup where Matthew Hertz works as director of operations is perfectly tailored to the digital age.

California-based Shyp was set up to capitalize on the legacy cost structures and operations of traditional logistics companies. Its users snap a photo of the item they want to ship and enter an address, at which point Shyp shows up at their door and takes care of the rest.

50. AutoZone Third-Quarter Results Miss Expectations -

Memphis-based auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc. knows how to grow its net sales, manage its balance sheet, handle shareholder capital and do a host of other things that have helped it generate an unbroken string of double-digit earnings per share growth the past 39 quarters.

51. Colleges Announced for Pell 'Dual Enrollment' Program -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer.

52. Ikea Memphis to Install State’s Largest Solar Array -

Ikea’s Memphis location will have the largest rooftop solar array in Tennessee, the Swedish furniture retailer announced May 12.

The 250,675-square-foot solar array will produce approximately 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually for the store. The 1.46-megawatt system, built with 4,424 solar panels, will harness enough energy to provide electricity for 205 homes yearly.

53. Memphis Remains a Hot Market for Investors -

Local rental housing continues to be a popular buy for real estate investors. In the first quarter of 2016, 1,017 rental homes were purchased in Memphis and Shelby County, accounting for 30 percent of all home sales, according to data from Chandler Reports, a division of The Daily News Publishing Co.

54. Ikea Memphis to Install State's Largest Solar Array -

Ikea’s Memphis location will have the largest rooftop solar array in Tennessee, the Swedish furniture retailer announced May 12.

The 250,675-square-foot solar array will produce approximately 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually for the store. The 1.46-megawatt system, built with 4,424 solar panels, will harness enough energy to provide electricity for 205 homes yearly.

55. RVC Outdoors Seeks Strickland’s Commitment -

Andy Cates, CEO of Memphis-based RVC Outdoor Destinations, said his redevelopment plan for Mud Island won’t require significant public dollars, but he’s looking for a commitment from the city to move forward.

56. Haves, Have-Nots Get Varied Tax Relief -

Amid the rancor of bathroom and counseling bills, two major pieces of legislation slipped through the General Assembly this session with hardly a peep – elimination of the Hall tax and a partial revitalization of property tax relief for seniors and disabled veterans.

57. Tennessee Leads the Nation in Bankruptcies -

Tennessee has a model program for financial literacy in its public schools. All high school students must pass a personal finance course to graduate, and even kindergartners are learning about money under a new initiative to extend the curriculum to primary school.

58. Memphis Consultant Says Airport Area ‘Gone’ for Hotel Development -

One of the last remaining hotels near Memphis International Airport has sold in foreclosure for the second time in less than five years.

Chuck Pinkowski, a local hotel consultant with Pinkowski & Co., said that a multimillion-dollar renovation couldn’t save the Holiday Inn from a declining hotel market.

59. Mild Weather Cuts TVA’s Bottom Line by Half -

The Tennessee Valley Authority reported net income of $281 million between Oct. 1 and March 31, the first half of its fiscal year.

TVA, which reported earnings on Tuesday, May 3, said net income was $296 million less than the same period last year, primarily due to the extremely mild winter experienced in TVA’s service territory compared to record-setting cold temperatures in 2015.

60. Financial Adviser, To Millennial Investors: Don’t Rush -

As a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management in Memphis, Kevin Kimery’s vantage point gives him visibility into the full spectrum of investment behaviors and client types – as well as common mistakes he sees new investors make.

61. Born to Play Football, Paxton Lynch Just Changing Leagues -

The player can’t tell you how it all started, not really. Neither can the player’s first coach and probably not the player’s dad.

No, to get to the root of things you turn to mom. Because mom will remember the details. And so as the countdown to the Thursday, April 28, NFL Draft turns from days to hours – experts of one stripe or another projecting how high former University of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch will be taken – it’s good to step back for a moment.

62. Memphis Jewish Home's Bobby Meadows Wins National Honor -

Bobby G. Meadows III, executive director of Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab, has been awarded the 2016 Young Executive Award by the Association of Jewish Aging Services. The award honors an executive younger than 45 who demonstrates significant potential in health care management by virtue of his or her cumulative achievements or innovative results in management or administration.
As executive director of MJHR, Meadows is responsible for day-to-day operations of the only glatt (strict) kosher, rehab long-term care facility in Tennessee and surrounding states. Operations include the oversight of more than 300 staff members, 160 patients, and a kosher deli.

63. Focusing on Financial Literacy -

Teaching Memphians how to manage money is of vital importance to helping our community members achieve their personal and financial goals. April is Financial Literacy Month – a national initiative offering an opportunity for individuals to learn how to adopt effective financial strategies.

64. FedEx Unveils Latest Global Citizenship Report -

FedEx Corp. has been busy with more than worldwide package delivery and the operation of its sprawling logistics empire over the past year.

65. Conrad Call for De-Annexation Talks Draws Favorable Reviews -

Memphis City Council Chairman Kemp Conrad wants to open talks with county commissioners on possible voluntary de-annexations.

And County Commission Chairman Terry Roland said he is open to the idea.

66. Memphis Leaders Pleased With 'Reprieve' on De-Annexation Bill -

The de-annexation by referendum legislation pending in the Tennessee Legislature was sent to a summer study committee Wednesday, March 30, in the state Senate, effectively killing the proposal for the legislative session.

67. Mud Island Proposals Advance to More Scrutiny -

The two finalists working with a Riverfront Development Corp. committee to redevelop Mud Island River Park will have their plans further reviewed by the administration of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland.

68. RDC Doubles Down With Two Mud Island Finalists -

A working group of the Riverfront Development Corporation is recommending that the city and a new subcommittee of the RDC work with both of the finalists it has selected to run Mud Island River Park.

69. Chemical Firm Announces 150-Worker Factory in DeSoto County -

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) – A contract chemical maker will open a factory in Olive Branch, with plans to hire 150 people over three years.

BPI Packaging of Memphis, Tennessee, will invest $8 million, buying a 291,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by Sherwin Williams.

70. Visible Music College Developing Whalum Center -

Visible Music College is developing a new academic center on the fifth floor of its Downtown Memphis campus named in honor of Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and his family.

The new Whalum Center for Music will include the college library and student center. Central to its literary and audio collection will be jazz and gospel influences and emerging genres curated and developed by the Whalum family and by Whalum himself. All music styles will be represented through themed rooms designed for instrument and voice practice, audio listening and media.

71. Memphis Investment Firm Preserver Partners Launches Mutual Fund -

For the smaller investors that Memphis-based investment firm Preserver Partners LLC would like to attract to its newly launched mutual fund, one of the selling points is right there in the firm’s name.

72. Visible Music College Developing Whalum Center -

Visible Music College is developing a new academic center on the fifth floor of its Downtown Memphis campus named in honor of Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and his family.

The new Whalum Center for Music will include the college library and student center. Central to its literary and audio collection will be jazz and gospel influences and emerging genres curated and developed by the Whalum family and by Whalum himself. All music styles will be represented through themed rooms designed for instrument and voice practice, audio listening and media.

73. Departing Methodist CEO Looks Back, Forward -

It was the sense of mission and the opportunity to make a difference in peoples’ lives that Gary Shorb says ultimately compelled him to pursue a career in health care.

As he prepares to step down at year’s end as CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare - a job he’s held for the past 15 years, in addition to other leadership roles at Methodist and a prior stint as president at what’s now known as Regional One Health - Shorb still loves the profession. Not only that, he’s as optimistic as ever about the pace of change; Methodist’s significant capital projects under way; the impact that providers and health care professionals can have; and more.

74. RVC, Mansion to Give More Specifics on Mud Island Plans -

The CEO of RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis says his company is “ready to invest $10 million of our own capital that is currently available and ready to deploy.”

Andy Cates made the assurance in the company’s proposal to the Riverfront Development Corp. that was one of the two finalists picked Monday, Feb. 29, by an RDC committee.

75. Mud Island Management Search Narrows to Two -

A committee reviewing proposals to manage the Mud Island River Park has narrowed the field of four contenders down to two.

The Riverfront Development Corp. working committee has narrowed the field to RVC Outdoor Destinations of Memphis and Mansion Entertainment and Media LLC.

76. The Tipping Point -

At age 25, Kem Wilson had his whole life laid out for him. He had graduated from Furman with an undergraduate degree in business administration. Newly engaged, he had a promising job at a Memphis financial consulting firm. Now all he had to do was take his rightful place at the head of the family business.

77. Lori McEwen is Building Community in the Classroom – and Beyond -

We talk about building community – but what does that actually look like? Just ask Lori McEwen. She teaches writing to 10th- and 11th-graders at Power Center Academy, a Gestalt charter school in Memphis’s Hickory Hill neighborhood.
Last year, she made a commitment to attend an extracurricular activity featuring every single one of her 80 students – and she did it.

78. Debate Rages Over Reasons For Rising Higher-Ed Costs -

When figures are presented detailing a 456 percent increase in tuition and fees at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville over the last 20 years, the result is usually some serious sticker shock.

That’s what happened recently when state Sen. Dolores Gresham presented the Tennessee Tuition Stability Act, a measure designed to rein in tuition growth and make it easier for students and parents to pay for a four-year degree.

79. Memphis Meats Startup Focused on Lab-Grown Food -

The purpose of new meat-production startup Memphis Meats Inc. is in the name, but what’s perhaps more important – the “how” of the company’s operation – is not as readily apparent.

80. Memphians Invited to the Table for Black Restaurant Week -

At Mot & Ed’s restaurant, regular customers go back a couple of generations. Owner Edna Banks-Hawkins only opened the soul food restaurant four years ago, but people come in with memories of her family’s chain of Boyd BBQ restaurants.

81. Winners and Losers From Super Bowl 50’s Advertising Game -

The Super Bowl is the biggest advertising competition of the year. Brands that win big can reap the viral benefits for months to come. And those that fail do so publicly, oftentimes with mounting consumer criticism that can take just as long to overcome.

82. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

83. Memphis Symphony Receives $50K Grant -

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for planning a musician diversity fellowship program.

The foundation, which invests in the arts and cultural heritage, has been a strong supporter of MSO innovation and community engagement work in the past.

84. FedEx Targets $200M in Giving By Decade’s End -

Memphis-based FedEx has decided to approach its corporate giving in a new way, one focused on figuring out how to use its assets to make the biggest possible impact in communities.

The company announced this week it’s planning to invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by the end of the decade, part of a new global giving platform – FedEx Cares – the logistics giant has unveiled.

85. Last Word: History As Geology, Beyond the Greensward and City Hall's HR Director -

History can be like geology once you get it in something that isn’t in the form of a book.
There are layers on top of layers that you may not ever see or miss until a site is wiped clean for the next present that used to be the future and will eventually become the past.
That’s the case with the city’s historic Medical Center where much has come and gone several times over as our city’s considerable investment in medicine and health approaches the end of its second century.
Health Sciences Park used to be the site of a hospital. You would think something as massive as the tower of Baptist Memorial Hospital’s central campus on Union Avenue would be missed. Yet even those of us who grew up with its presence drive past it every day without a thought of what was once there.
The same with the site of Russwood Park on the north side of Madison Avenue and the old bus barns where Beale used to run further east than it does now.
In recent years, new facilities have arisen as the medical center makes itself over in a kind of economic regeneration without a comprehensive plan.
There is now an effort to come up with a comprehensive plan for the area that is more than different ventures buying or leasing land and making plans for their needs.
Eight of the institutions in the area have hired a consulting firm to develop a master plan that includes not just facilities but residential and retail areas.
It’s a significant step for an area that remains intriguing for those of us trying to remember what was where and how long some of the survivors have been holding out in much different streetscapes than were there when they arrived.
The Masonic lodge at the dead end of Dunlap into Union Avenue is a survivor. It’s where the funerals were held for some of those killed in the 1925 river disaster in which Tom Lee rescued so many others.
The lodge at one time had an earth-shaking pipe organ that I had the rare privilege of hearing at a concert following its restoration in the 1980s – the ancient 1980s.
And I still wonder about the tiny medical textbook storefront and how it endures at a time when students rent books and others use digital versions.
There are still remnants of the porous border between the medical center and the Union Avenue auto row that used to exist and arose around the old Ford plant.

86. Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District -

In 2016, the Memphis Medical Center will see $1.8 million in upgrades and enhancements aimed at creating a unified, livable district. That’s the annual budget for the newly established Medical District Collaborative, a nonprofit entity made up of the area’s stakeholders and executives.

87. Olympus to Invest $12M in New Bartlett Distribution Center -

A Tokyo-based maker of medical and surgical products plans to invest $12 million in a service and distribution center in Bartlett.

Olympus Corp. is building an East Coast national service and distribution center in Bartlett Corporate Park, a facility that will serve as a distribution point for Olympus medical equipment and devices like endoscopes, surgical devices and generators.

88. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

89. First Tennessee Invests in Tri-State Bank -

As of Dec. 31, Tri-State Bank of Memphis has secured almost $5 million in new capital, an investment fueled in part by an “unprecedented transaction” between it and First Tennessee Bank.

90. RVC Outdoor Submits Ambitious Mud Island Plan -

RVC Outdoor Destinations, the Memphis-based company headed by Andy Cates, is proposing a conservancy for Mud Island River Park similar to the Overton Park Conservancy. And its proposal seeks an agreement directly with the city for his company to develop the park, bypassing the Riverfront Development Corp.

91. Tennessee Legislature Opens 2016 Session on Capitol Hill -

The Tennessee General Assembly's 2016 session will be a short one, likely done by early April. The gavels fall in the House and Senate chambers in Nashville at noon Tuesday, Jan. 12, opening the election year session.

92. PMC Biogenix Expanding South Korean Production -

PMC Biogenix announced plans Tuesday, Jan. 5, to invest in expanding its capacity to produce fatty amide slip agents at its plant in Gyeongu, South Korea.

The agents are used in making plastics and other consumer products as well as electronics and paints. The company’s Memphis plant is one of its two world scale manufacturing sites; the other is the plant in South Korea.

93. PMC Biogenix Expanding South Korean Production -

PMC Biogenix announced plans Tuesday, Jan. 5, to invest in expanding its capacity to produce fatty amide slip agents at its plant in Gyeongu, South Korea.

The agents are used in making plastics and other consumer products as well as electronics and paints. The company’s Memphis plant is one of its two world scale manufacturing sites; the other is the plant in South Korea.

94. iBank Tower Sells for $19.2 Million -

The iBank Tower, located at 5050 Poplar Ave., has sold for $19.2 million, and for the first time, the same owner controls both the iBank Tower and the nearby Clark Tower at 5100 Poplar Ave.

95. Hospital Building Boom Hits Downtown Memphis -

From a big donation to significant campus expansions and investment, the health care news was popping at a steady clip this week.

Almost as soon as word had spread about Methodist Healthcare’s plan to invest $275 million into Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship, came big announcements from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

96. FedEx Institute Of Technology Gears Up For Event-Filled ‘16 -

The FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis is closing out the year and looking ahead to 2016 with a renewed focus on putting itself at the center of technology innovation in Memphis.

97. Efficiency Drives Memphis Health Care Expansions -

Much of the building boom Memphis’ health care community has been responsible for this year – with more to come in 2016 – is being driven by the urge to merge.

Hospitals, clinics, cancer centers – examples abound of institutions that are moving to adjust their local footprints, driven by a shift toward more efficiency and a professed interest in improving the patient experience. And the motivation is frequently presented within the same context:

98. Methodist Plans $275 Million Investment at Methodist University Hospital -

Methodist Healthcare is preparing to invest $275 million into Methodist University Hospital, the Methodist system’s flagship, with plans that call for the addition of a 700-space parking garage and a new 440,000-square-foot building at the campus.

99. Memphis' Grocery Wars -

After Sprouts became one of the newest grocery chains to enter the Memphis market by opening stores in Lakeland and Germantown earlier this year, company spokesman Diego Romero described the chain’s arrival as practically a no-brainer.

100. St. Jude Files $10M Building Permit -

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is moving forward with new construction on its Downtown Memphis campus.

The hospital has applied for a $10 million building permit at 650 St. Jude Place.